Alpen Glow

Over the past few weeks I’ve been putting together a presentation titled ‘High and Wild with a Camera’ which I will be giving to a local camera club and which, subsequently, will be available to any other interested club within a reasonable distance. One of the enjoyable aspects of this work has been uncovering images in my Archives that I had completely forgotten about. And I know from reading other people’s blogs that this is a common experience.

Life will have been grim for many of you reading this who live on or inland along the Eastern seaboard of the USA and you have my deepest sympathies. My wife’s niece and her family live in Connecticut and so we have had a very personal reason to be concerned as Hurricane Sandy has caused such appalling destruction, flooding and power outages.

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So, I hope that today’s image of a spectacular Alpen Glow on Mont Blanc may lighten up your lives a little. This is the view from Chamonix. The glacier whose tongue reaches down toward the valley is the Bossons glacier. The summit of Mont Blanc is the rather unimpressive distant snow hump dead centre (6.2miles away). It’s flanked from the left by the slopes of Mont Blanc du Tacul and Mont Maudit, and to the right of the summit are the two small humps on the Bosses ridge, and then the Dôme du Goûter.

When we stay in Chamonix, we stay in the Richemond Hotel – a delightful old-fashioned hotel close to the centre of the town, run by a charming family who we have got to know well. This image is the view from the balcony of our bedroom. Could you wish for a better view than this?


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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26 Responses to Alpen Glow

  1. Dharani says:


  2. Kurt says:

    Excellent capture.

  3. Jan Winther says:

    What a spectacular view and shot. I wish I was closer to that kind of landscape.

  4. A great view Andy, and an image to do it justice.

  5. Len says:

    It certainly lights up my day Andy. We made out better than a lot of the CT – we lost power for only 20 hours with no damage. The images from the storm are unbelievable. I am also transplanted from NJ and spent a lot of my youth on the Jersey Shore. Tough to see.

  6. Just stunning Andy. Sounds like its going to be an interesting presentation. If you’re ever in Toronto I may get you to speak at my photography club 🙂

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Edith. Were you in the firing line of this storm too as it moved inland? I’m just trying to sort the ‘playlist’ for my talk – a difficult task! I’ll let you know if I head out to Canada, but my most likely destination would be Whistler in winter – no surprise there!

  7. That’s certainly an impressive view. Best of luck with your presentation.

  8. oneowner says:

    Beautiful view, I certainly couldn’t ask for better. Hope your relatives in Connecticut are ok.

  9. Wow what a view! Beautiful shot Andy. I hope everything is fine with your family. Sandy really left a lot of people hurting.

  10. munchow says:

    That is indeed a stunning view from the balcony. And you have captured Mont Blanc in beautiful way. Such delightful light. I have for a long time wanted to go skiing somewhere in the Alps. Maybe Chamonix and the Richemond Hotel is the place to try out this season?

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Otto. The Richemond Hotel is a simple bed and breakfast hotel. Old and delightful, run by the same family for generations. The front bedrooms overlook the Massif with fantastic views. Skiing in Chamonix is scattered over a number of areas which are a little dislocated from one another. There is also the famous Vallee Blanche ski run, and a lot of off-piste. You won’t be disappointed by the experience. Happy to advise further. There are images of skiing on my Flickr site. Follow the link on my blog to reach it.

  11. Excellent image, Andy! Love the view. Makes it tough to leave the room though. 🙂
    Sorry to hear about your family’s home situation. At least they a safe.

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